“Blast Rocks Beirut Suburb,” from AP, :
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Investigators searched for clues Saturday amid the rubble of a car bombed building in a largely Christian neighborhood in Beirut, an attack that sparked fears of a renewed bloodshed in Lebanon and complicated already troubled negotiations between rival political groups over the formation of a new government.
The attack, which wounded nine people, came amid the withdrawal of Syrian troops to eastern Lebanon and Syria after a 29-year presence in this former civil war-ravaged country. The redeployments followed intense international and local opposition to Syria’s role in Lebanon since the Feb. 14 assassination of ex-premier Rafik Hariri in a massive bombing that killed 17 others….
“This has been the message to the Lebanese people for a while — to sow fear and terror among Lebanese citizens,” Christian opposition member Pierre Gemayel told Al-Jazeera satellite television. The message is “if there is a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, look what Lebanon will face.”